Since October I’ve been participating in an online course in blogging, branding, and social media taught by Kristen Lamb.  It’s been eye-opening to say the least, but it’s also been incredibly helpful.  Along the way, I’ve found myself in the company of some pretty amazing people, my WANA1011 classmates.  I am so new to writing that I had no idea writers formed such warm, supportive communities, but I am so very grateful to have found all of you.

Through the magic of Twitter and Tweetdeck I have learned the use and usefulness of the hashtag.  A lowly character, formerly reserved simply as a symbol for the pound now it commands those out in the Twitterverse.  For example. we now have #FF for Follow Friday and, #WW for Worth Watching on Wednesdays.

First, I want to introduce you to three wonderful ladies:

Debra Kristi:  She’s a geek; she loves science fiction, Joss Whedon and Farscape!  A girl after my own heart!  Plus, there’s the whole talking to dead people thing.  Debra writes from the heart, and her topics cover subjects a variety of topics; from finding inspiration in small objects to home arts and crafts projects.  You’ll want to check out her blog!

Deborah J. Hughes:  I followed a link on Deborah’s Facebook Wall to Kristen Lamb’s blog.  The rest is history.  I was already following Deborah’s adventures with the paranormal.  She writes clearly and convincingly about the supernatural, and has written a novel that echoes her own her experiences.  A writer to watch.

Diana Murdock:  Her posts are lighthearted, sometimes…gut-wrenching others, but they will all make you feel something.  I love it when a writer can do that, take you on a journey and make you empathize, make you feel what they’re telling you.  Well done, Diana!

The WANA group is chock full of talented writers, here are some who are definitely worth watching. #WW.

Myndi Shafer:  fun, quirky observations on life.

Angela Peart: thought-provoking questions to ponder.

Gene Lempp:  a weekly series called Designing from Bones crafts stories from humanity’s history.

Lynette M. Burrows:  she had me with her post on A Wrinkle In Time.  Brought back such memories!

Although he’s not in the WANA group,

Chris Hutchins:  Very worth watching.  A talented singer/songwriter and musician he is also an engaging author.  Check out his blog, and his book, Odd Looking Chickens.

I hope you’ll check them out and give them a read.  Who would you recommend for #WW?

6 Responses

  1. Wow, Serena, thanks for the mention! I love to hear that I’m able to strike a cord somewhere. As for other recommendations? You mean, besides you?

    I don’t know if I have the time or the room here to make a list. #wana711 and #wana1011 for starters. You’re right, this group is my comfort zone now. Always.

    Great post, Serena. Hugs to you!

  2. Wow! I’m speechless! You are so sweet Serena, thank you! We are so blessed to have such an amazing and warm group here. I couldn’t be happier. So glad we have all hooked up and looking forward to long-lasting relationships.

    Like Diana said, recommendations would take a lot of space. I have been busy moving everyone to my RSS feed and they are running off the page! LOL Thank you for including me in your post. ❤

  3. Thank you for including me in your #WW, Serena! I’m not new to writing, but I, too, am blown away by the support and encouragement from you and the rest of the WANA class.

    Recommendations – everyone in the WANA class, of course. 🙂

  4. Congrats to all for being outstanding writers! In the information overload that is the internet, you shine. I’m really discovering the truth of Kristen’s words, share the love, promote others, and it’ll flow back to you. And I really kind of love how it mirrors my own spirituality. Have to say, I’m happy to be able to promote and share with the world our wonderful WANA1011 group. 🙂

  5. I’m a little behind on my email but so glad I finally got the chance to read your blog!! You are so thoughtful, Serena! Thank you for the mention, and thanks for writing such a thoughtful post! I’m glad to have joined the WANA1011 group as well. Writers are a special group, I just have to say! Blessings!!

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